Gopalkrishna Gandhi for vice-president is at least a great choice by Opposition

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the joint opposition's nominee for the post of vice president. According to the reports, Gandhi was the only name, discussed when 18 Opposition parties met today to decide on their candidate for the vice-presidential poll.

Playing all the cards right, and maintaining his own legacy, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former administrator, also said that commenting his election to be the vice-presidential candidate would be "speculative". The Left parties - CPI and CPIM- backed Gandhi's name, and JDU, whose Sharad Yadav was seated beside Congress president Sonia Gandhi, also backed his nomination.

Here are seven things you should know about Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The NDA led by the BJP will be naming its candidate by July 13.

After leaders of all parties unanimously picked the 72- year-old for the post, Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMCs Derek OBrien and CPI (M) s Sitaram Yechury talked to him over the telephone to seek his consent.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi was earlier said to be in the race for the opposition's presidential candidate. Notedly, his party had broken ranks with the opposition over the presidential election. It was learnt that there is a broad consensus on the person not being from the Congress camp after Meira Kumar's nomination as presidential candidate.

Election for the next Vice-President of the nation will be held on Aug 5. "He wanted to ensure that all parties have endorsed his name and he gracefully accepted our request", O'Brien said at the meeting. As a former IAS officer and he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka, among other administrative and diplomatic posts.

Two minutes of silence was also observed at the opposition leaders' meeting at the Parliament over the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims.

  • Rogelio Becker